Drink Driving in Dorset, Hampshire, and Wiltshire

Get caught driving over the legal alcohol limit, and you’ll be disqualified from driving for at least 12 months unless you can provide the court with ‘special reasons’ not to ban you. Our Barristers can explore special reasons with you and, where applicable, use them to help reduce the risk of a drink driving ban.

Drink Driving Penalties

The penalties for drink driving vary, according to how far over the legal alcohol limit you were, the circumstances of your offence, and your previous driving record. However, unless special reasons not to disqualify you exist, you can expect to receive:

  • a driving ban of between 12 and 36 months, and
  • a fine,
  • community penalty, or
  • up to 26 weeks custody in the most serious cases.


If this is your second drink driving offence within 10 years, you will be disqualified for between 36 and 60 months.

Do I Need a Lawyer?

Drink driving offences carry severe penalties. For many people, a driving ban can have a disastrous impact on their life, and that of those around them. We therefore always recommend that you speak to one of our Barristers before deciding what to do about a drink-driving ban. We can help you understand the legal process, as well as explore the possibilities of making a special reasons argument.

It is especially important to seek legal advice if your drink driving offence involved any of the following:

  • a very high alcohol reading,
  • a careless or dangerous driving charge,
  • an accident,
  • injury to a passenger, another driver or a pedestrian, or
  • damage to property.

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Special Reasons Arguments

If you’re convicted of an offence involving obligatory disqualification (for example drink driving) you will lose your licence for at least 12 months unless the court finds ‘special reasons’ not to give you a driving ban. It is important to understand that these ‘special reasons’ are mitigating or extenuating factors that are directly connected to the offence itself. They are not about you, the driver, or the consequences that a drink driving ban may have on your life.

Special reasons must, therefore, relate directly to how or why the driving offence itself occurred. It is up to the offender to persuade the court that these special reasons existed.

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How Avoid A Ban Can Help You

Avoid A Ban gives you direct access to a Barrister who will advise and guide you throughout the legal process. From gathering and presenting evidence to explaining the legal process, we remain focused on improving your chances of keeping penalties and costs to a minimum.
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